Former captain Neil Powell has been appointed coach of the Springbok Sevens team in succession to Paul Treu, the South African Rugby Union announced on Saturday.
Powell will take charge of the team for the first time at the Gold Coast Sevens in Australia this weekend where South Africa will face England, France and Spain in Pool B. His former teammate Vuyo Zangqa will be his assistant coach.
Powell and Zangqa were part of the Springbok Sevens squad that won the HSBC Sevens World Series in the 2008/09 season.The 35-year old Powell played for South Africa in 32 tournaments on the HSBC Sevens World Series and won a Commonwealth Games bronze medal in 2010. Zangqa played in 19 tournaments on the World Series.